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Posted in Evil Twin Brewing, Headlines, Westbrook Brewing Co

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, a combination of hotness

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. Meet the mashup of two highly sought after beers that is sure to instill panic in the beer geeks. Let the sweating commence.

Evil Twin, who is building a brewery on their own in New York, has been contract brewing for years at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – the birthplace of Westbrook’s Mexican Cake. “Cake” started out as a way to mark the brewery’s anniversary. Morgan and Edward Westbrook brewed an imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Since then, the beer has become a hot commodity, selling in the secondary market for hundreds of dollars. Don’t even ask how much beer traders are asking for barrel-aged variants.

Then there’s Evil Twin Biscotti Break. As the name suggests, this imperial stout mimics the coffee shop dessert, brewed with vanilla and almond, and coffee.

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break slams together the best of both those beers. An imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. Both beers are awesome treats. The sum of the parts promises to be a knockout.

The release details are pending.

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break will be a 22 ounce bottle release.

Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee, Cinnamon, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, Habanero Peppers.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: TBA

10.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Goose Island Brewing

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s early? Join this lottery

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor's

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s 2016 will be available to a select few a week early this year. All you have to do is win the lottery.

Next month marks the return of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout nationally, hitting taps and shelves on while everyone shops on the infamous Black Friday. Those located in Chicago get an extra treat – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s. Available in Chi-town on one day only.

Beginning October 18th and running through Tuesday, October 25th, Goose Island will run a lottery. Winners selected by the system will get two tickets for the Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s release. Each ticket will allow the guest to purchase 1 bottle of Proprietor’s, as well as select Bourbon County vintages, as well as attend the celebration in the Barrel Warehouse. You can entry the lottery once per day.

About this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s.

This year’s edition will not feature scotch whisky barrels. The brewery has whisky barrels, but opted to go the traditional bourbon route for 2016. BCBS “Prop” features the imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels that previous aged maple syrup, along with chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s is only available on Black Friday in Chicago.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chipotle Peppers, Cocoa Nibs, Maple Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles. Limited.
Debut: Black Friday, 2016

?? ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, NoDa Brewing

NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge marks 5 years

NoDa Captain Peanut Butter's Chocolate Revenge

NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge debuts next week, part of the brewery’s 5th anniversary celebration.

The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery is crossing the 5 year mark with a new can release everyday of the week. Monstro, NoDa’s barrel-aged imperial stout will be first, followed by NoDa Rye Z’D, a rye IPA. Then… it just gets a little weirder.

NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge, an imperial porter brewed with cocoa nibs and peanut butter graces the brewery’s taproom on Tuesday. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.

A big, malty and smooth Imperial Porter brewed with a massive load of cocoa nibs to give dark chocolate notes and roasted peanut butter to add a rich twist to this imposing dark beer.

NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is a taproom only release, in 16 ounce cans on October 25th.

Style: Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Peanut Butter.)
Availability; 16oz Cans. Taproom.
Debut: 10/25/16

Posted in Seasonal Return, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout returns

Stone Xocoveza

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout started as a collaboration with AHA Homebrewer Competition Winner, Chris Banker, and Mexican craft brewery Cerveceria Insurgente. Now the instant hit from the Escondido, California based brewery’s collaboration series returns.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout is built from a milk stout recipe, brewed with chocolate (from ChocoVivo), cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee (from Mostra Coffee) and chilies.

Harmoniously layered with cocoa, Mostra coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk sugar, this beer is an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate. Thanks entirely to you and fan demand, it has gone from being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition too special to skip.

The brewery is now bringing it back as a limited winter seasonal release, with a slightly different moniker – Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year. Officially shipping in 12 ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coffee, Chocolate, Chilies, Lactose)
Hops: English Challenger, English East Kent Golding

National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Hong Kong; Japan; Singapore; Korea; Sweden; and United Kingdom

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Latest Return: October, 2016

6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, The Lost Abbey

Lost Abbey My Black Parade returns nationally

Lost Abbey My Black Parade bottle

Lost Abbey My Black Parade, a Mexican chocolate laden strong ale, is back in the brewery’s lineup.

Lost Abbey My Black Parade is a strong ale, brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, cardamon, smoked chilies and of course bourbon oak. The label tells the story of unrequited love remembers on Dia De Los Muertos, where people make a pilgrimage to an unmarked grave. Hoping their true love shows up.

Pouring darker than a moonless night, My Black Parade begins with a deep bouquet of rich chocolate and layered hints of cinnamon and oak. Huge flavors of cocoa on the palate with notes of vanilla, bourbon, and tobacco, finishing with crisp bite from the smoked chili’s and cardamom.

Lost Abbey My Black Parade is a 375 milliliter bottel release in 2016. Distribution starts in mid-October, 2016.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Chilies, Cardamom, Cinnamon. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles

Latest Return: Mid-October, 2016

12.5% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Headlines, The Bruery

The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing, inspired by tiramisu

The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing

The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing is slated to be the 9th edition of the brewery’s on-going 12 Beers of Christmas.

Back in 2008, the Placentia, California based brewery launched the series with Partridge in a Pear Tree, a Belgian-style strong dark ale. If you try to buy that now, you might spend nearly $1,000 dollars trying to obtain it.

The idea is not only to celebrate Christmas, but also for the beers to be cellared until the completion of the series. Don’t let that stop you from drinking any of them now, though. Life is short.

The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing is inspired by tiramisu dessert. The base imperial milk stout is brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla and coffee.

Here’s a pick me up for the latest verse in our “Twelve Days of Christmas” series. Inspired by flavors and ingredients found in tiramisu, including ladyfingers, 9 Ladies Dancing mimics the Italian dessert by whipping together flavor combinations and layers of its own. This includes notes of vanilla, chocolate and coffee – clearly the leading ladies in this rich, dessert-like beer.

The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing will be a 750 milliliter bottle release, starting in late-fall/winter, 2016.

Style: Imperial Milk Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Coffee.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Winter, 2016

11.3% ABV

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Chocolate & Coffee: Ballast Point Mocha Marlin debuts

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin joins the brewery’s “enhanced’ bottle lineup in the near future. That’s our way of describing the expanding line of core beers that have extra ingredients, like grapefruit, thai chili, or pineapple.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin starts as the brewery’s year-round Black Marlin Porter, plus additions of coffee and chocolate. Dessert or breakfast beer. Your choice.

Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of the coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roast, chocolatey flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin has been available on draft in the past.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee. Chocolate.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late-September, 2016

6% ABV

Image: Ballast Point